Associate head coach Marybeth Freeman has been on the Terrapin sidelines for some of the most successful years in Maryland field hockey, including three national titles in the past four years, as she enters her seventh season. After the Terps captured national titles in 2005 and 2006, she was elevated to her current position after spending four seasons as an assistant coach on Missy Meharg's staff.
Among her many responsibilities, Freeman is responsible for developing Maryland's goalkeeping unit, which produced three-time All-American Kathryn Masson. Masson led the nation in goals against average twice, while ranking in the top five in her final three years from 2005-08. Masson was the first-ever Terp goaltender to be honored as a first team All-American in the history of the program and left ranking in the top five in three career statistical category at Maryland, including finishing with the second-best GAA in school history (0.94).
Current Terp Alicia Grater, a senior goalkeeper, was named a third team All-American, a first team All-Mid Atlantic Region performer and an All-ACC selection in 2008. She posted a 1.24 GAA with four shutouts in leading Maryland to its third national title in four years.
"Marybeth is unquestionably a top collegiate and national coach," said head coach Missy Meharg. "She is determined, hard working, knowledgeable and exceedingly organized. She has found the coaching balance for each woman to perform to their potential."
The deep defense also falls under the tutelage of the 2003 Old Dominion graduate. En route to Maryland's 2006 national championship, the Terps posted a school record-tying 12 shutouts. The backfield has been ranked in the top five in GAA four times in her five years, including ranking third in the nation in 2007.
Aside from developing the Terrapin goalkeepers and deep defense, Freeman also oversees the Terps' recruiting, academic affairs, NCAA compliance and travel arrangements.
A two-time All-CAA pick and a four-year starter for the Lady Monarchs, Freeman was an integral part of a team that posted an 81-17 (.827) record in her collegiate career, capturing the Colonial Athletic Association crown every year.
As a sophomore in 2000, Freeman was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament team after helping ODU win its ninth national crown, and, as a senior, the netminder led her squad back to the NCAA semifinals. Combining her playing and coaching career, Freeman has been a part of five national championships and six conference titles in 10 seasons.
Freeman is one of the few field hockey coaches in the nation to produce instructional videos. "Becoming a Champion Goalkeeper," produced in 2003 by Championship Productions, targets goalkeepers and aspiring goalkeeping coaches.
Freeman has been involved with the United States Field Hockey Association Futures program for both Maryland and New Jersey. She serves as site director and head goalkeeping coach at the University of Maryland, while also being head goalkeeping coach for New Jersey. She plays a role in coaching the goalkeepers and the defense for the Mid-Atlantic Thundersticks of the USFHA Elite Performance Training Center.
A native of Holland, Pa., Freeman attended Council Rock High School where she had a school-record 19 shutouts as a senior, while also captaining her team to three Suburban League Championship titles.
Freeman graduated from ODU with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. She was a four-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree and a CAA Scholar-Athlete. She recently earned her master's in education from the University of Maryland in May 2008, graduating with a 3.82 GPA.